ERIC Number: ED436286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Use of Cooperative Learning in Their Classrooms: Case Studies of Four Elementary School Teachers.
Lee, Christine Kim-Eng; Chew, Joy; Ng, Maureen; Hing, Tey Sau
Four teachers at a Singapore Catholic elementary school implemented cooperative learning over a period of a year. The teachers received inservice training on cooperative learning and worked closely with a university research team as they implemented cooperative learning for social studies and other subjects. The teachers were subsequently interviewed in the middle and at the end of the project and observed three times in their classrooms. Teachers also maintained a journal regarding their experiences. Four major themes were identified within the four case studies: (1) the teachers' motivation for adopting cooperative learning in the classroom; (2) the concerns and difficulties faced by teachers; (3) the effects of this innovation on their pupils' learning; and (4) how the use of cooperative learning affected each teacher's own professional development. The findings of the research underscore the need for strong institutional support if teachers are to be motivated to use cooperative learning in a systematic and sustained manner. (Contains 10 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Interviews, Journal Writing, Motivation, Observation, Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore